Lace and Chadors: Life in the Iran of the Mullahs
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***15,000 copies of the paperback edition sold in France***
The French-Iranian journalist Armin Arefi is often considered the voice of the Iranian people in France through his blog iran.blog.lemonde.fr. Lace and Chadors is his tribute to Iranian youth.
In 2005, Arefi returned to Iran as a foreign correspondent for European newspapers and magazines. From his first steps in Tehran past the airport security check to the last presidential election, which elicited the protest of the Iranian people, he was struck by the contrasts between the old and new, the stereotypes and the realities of Iran.
In Lace and Chadors he reveals the lives, hopes, and fears of the young generation of an old country, who are caught between ancient traditions and a modern world, where religious rigidity coexists with highly liberated and even libertine behaviors. Here we meet the young people of Tehran in all their complex variety: women who practice seductive tactics but know the old ways, too; wild parties that take place behind the closed doors of family apartments. Arefi portrays a people of paradoxes who challenge our understanding of this country.
With humor and a deep love for its people, Arefi cuts through the myths we have been told about Iran, challenging readers to reconsider their cultural assumptions about Iran, female rights, Middle Eastern politics, and Muslim culture.
Armin Arefi : Armin Arefi has written extensively about Iran for French newspapers, but also for The Huffington Post in the United States, covering the last presidential election in Iran, and the subsequent riots. More recently he campaigned for the release of Sakineh, an Iranian mother condemned to death by stoning or hanging for adultery. His is also the author of Rubans et turbans, to be published in English by Skyhorse.
To see an interview in English with Armin Arefi at the time of the release of Dentelles et Tchador in France, please go to: